Department of Psychiatry

Child and Adolescent Outpatient Services

Mission of Service

As an integral part of Strong Health and the University of Rochester Medical Center, The Strong Behavioral Health Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Outpatient Service is committed to providing quality mental health assessment and treatment to infants, children, adolescents, and those who care for them.

Target Population

Our services are designed to meet the needs of families from diverse backgrounds who may benefit from outpatient assessment and treatment. We diagnose and treat children and adolescents with a variety of problems including depression, anxiety, attention deficits and other behavioral problems. Services are offered to infants, children, adolescents, and their families experiencing stress due to a medical illness, change in family situations, or other difficult life events. We also offer services within our outpatient and inpatient settings for the treatment of seriously emotionally disturbed children and adolescents.

Types of Services Provided

  • Outpatient Mental Health Services for children from birth to 18 years
  • General Services
    • Diagnostic Assessment
    • Individual Therapy
    • Parent Consultation
    • Family Therapy
    • Medication Therapy
    • School Consultation
  • Specialty Services
    • Group Therapy Program
      • Child and Adolescent Group Therapy
      • Problem Specific, Short-Term Groups
      • Parent Education Groups
    • Medication Consultation Service
      • Consultation
      • Assessment
      • Treatment
    • Psychological Testing Service

Our Approach

Families work with a primary therapist who is responsible for coordinating all aspects of the child’s care. The primary therapist is a member of a multi-disciplinary team that includes mental health specialists in Psychiatry, Psychology, Social Work, and Nursing. This collaborative approach allows us to consider all aspects of care including biological, psychological and social factors such as family, school and community.

Clinical Services

Once a child or adolescent is accepted for services, a diagnostic assessment is conducted in order to understand that child’s strengths and areas of concern. Recommendations are carefully reviewed with the parent or legal guardian, and the child. Recommendations may include one or more of the following services: Individual, family, group, or medical therapy, parent consultation, school consultation, and/or psychological testing. Services are selected to address specific treatment goals. Progress toward these goals is monitored closely and discussed with the parents or legal guardians. Our mental health specialists are committed to providing the highest quality of care to each child and family. We work closely with the child, family, primary care provider, school personnel, and others to ensure that assessment and treatment are clinically appropriate and comprehensive.

All families interested in services will receive a brief telephone interview that helps assure that outpatient treatment and out facility are appropriate to meet a family’s needs.


Key leadership names: Linda Alpert-Gillis, Ph.D. Director
Laura Cardella, M.D. Medical Director
Contact Information: To schedule a telephone interview, please call:
(585) 279-7800 during our normal hours of operation.
Location of Service: 315 Science Parkway
Rochester, N.Y. 14620
Parking is conveniently available at no additional cost.
Hours of Operation: Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

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